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Teacher pleads not guilty to assaulting student

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:56 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The St Richards Primary School teacher accused of beating a student causing him injuries this morning pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

It was the first court appearance for Beverly Dinall since the alleged incident sparked a national debate last month about corporal punishment in schools.

In court Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey ordered that Dinall give her fingerprint to the police.

Outside court, several teachers turned up to show support for their colleague.

She is scheduled to return to court on February 11.

Dinall is alleged to have beaten a male student at the primary school causing injuries to parts of his body.

The incident drew the ire of the child's parents who reported it to the police.

Dinall was interviewed by investigators and later charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

She was granted station bail in the sum of $50,000.